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A Prophetic Vision of the Peaceable Kingdom

Author: New England Yearly Meeting
Summary: "[This] prophetic vision of the Peaceable Kingdom came out of the 1980 New England Y.M. 'Peaceable Kingdom Workshop'…"
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1982
Publisher: New England YM

A Quaker Declaration of War

Author: Chuck Fager
Summary: Adaptation of talk given at Illinois YM in July, 2003; Quaker peace worker urges Friends to speak out more strongly for justice and peace in the world.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

An Ocean of Darkness, An Ocean of Light, y un Barquito Grande: Friends Ministry of Hope in a Troubled World

Author: Bridget Moix
Summary: Plenary address published first in Western Friend magazine. Author has worked on peace and conflict issues for many years, including with Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Quaker United Nations Office and Mexico City's Casa de los Amigos
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2011
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Answering the Love of God: Living Our Testimonies

Author: Joan Wena
Summary: Keynote speech by a Kenyan Friend at 1997 FWCC Triennial in Birmingham, England. If we truly accept God's love, then we must use the spirit of love to help our fellow human beings.
Country: Kenya
WQF publication year: 1997
Publisher: FWCC

Being Faithful Witnesses to our Friends Peace Testimony: Serving God in a Changing World

Author: Marian Hobbs, Mouana, Bakamana; Valentine, Lonnie
Summary: Panel presentation from 21st Triennial of FWCC in New Zealand in 2004: Friends from three different countries talk about working for peace and justice in their countries and the world.
Country: Aotearoa-New Zealand, DR-Congo, USA
WQF publication year: 2004
Publisher: WQF

Being Salt and Light: Excerpts from the Plenary Speeches from the 2012 World Conference of Friends held in Kenya

Author: Friends World Committee for Consultation
Summary: Excerpts from plenary speeches given at the historic World Conference of Friends that took place at Kabarak University in Kenya in April 2012. Over 850 Friends from 51 countries around the world gathered to worship, sing, dance, hear talks, participate in workshops, and learn from each other.
Country: Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Cuba, New Zealand, Britain, USA, Rwanda, Burundi
WQF publication year: 2013
Publisher: WQF

Being Truthful

Author: Heather C. Moir
Summary: Michener Lecture, Southeastern YM, 2003. Lifelong Friend active in FWCC gives observations on the Friends testimony of integrity, with references to the Bible and Friends history.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: Southeastern Yearly Meeting Publications

Belief Into Action

Author: Margaret Hope Bacon
Summary: Historian from Philadelphia YM tells about Quakers witnessing for peace through the centuries, describing both spiritual and political aspects.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1985
Publisher: WQF

Beyond Stewardship of Nature: Friends and the "Great Story"

Author: Doris Ferm
Summary: A Friend in her 80's offers a broad and challenging framework for considering our place in the world.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Border Crossings/Cruzando Fronteras

Author: Arturo Carranza
Summary: The author suggests aspects of Quakerism he feels are relevant to Hispanics living in the U.S.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: World Gathering of Young Friends (1985)

Bringing Business into the Light

Author: Richard Holden
Summary: Author sets forth real-life examples of challenges faced and choices made in the workplace.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2009
Publisher: The Earlhamite

Can Love Really Overcome Violence and Hate?

Author: Mary Lord
Summary: Speech given at the Annual Meeting of FWCC, Section of the Americas, Philadelphia, 2002. As the USA entered a new period of warmaking, a Friend from Baltimore YM offered a vision of how we could work for peace, with quotes from the Bible and Quaker history.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: FCNL, WQF

Conversations from the Heartland

Author: Kat Griffith
Summary: Friends Journal article: Midwestern "liberal-type" Friend who home schools her children describes her communication with other home-schooling mothers who are fundamentalist Christians, and efforts to find common spiritual ground.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Friends Journal, WQF

Drawing on Sources Eternal

Author: Margaret Backhouse, Cadbury, Henry; Jahn, Gordon (Irwin Abrams, ed.)
Summary: Lectures given on the occasion of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Religious Society of Friends in 1947
Country: USA, UK
WQF publication year: 1997
Publisher: The Nobel Foundation & University of Toronto Press; WQF/AFSC

Emily Greene Balch: The Holy Fire

Author: Mercedes M. Randall
Summary: Excerpts from Randall's biography of Balch, "The Uncommon Bostonian." Balch was a peace activist, founder of Women's Int'l League for Peace & Freedom, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1946.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1986
Publisher: Twayne Publishers, Inc.

Friends Initiatives for Peace in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

Author: Stephen Collett
Summary: Observations on how African Friends and Friends from outside Africa have worked together to bring peace to the Great Lakes Region.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2001
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

Friends' Peace Witness in a Time of Crisis: A Report from the FWCC Conference…

Author: Rolene Walker
Summary: Summary of the final panel discussion from the Friends World Committee for Consultation Peace Conference of 2003.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

Friends' Struggles Through the Years

Author: Ron Mock
Summary: Part of panel at 2003 Friends World Committee for Consultation Peace Conference, about the spiritual basis of the Friends' peace testimony.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

God's Earth, Our Choices

Author: Stephen Collett, Keza-Kubi, Silas M.; Yujra Ticona, Bernabé; Smith, Gillian
Summary: A panel presentation by four Friends on 'The Light Of God's Creation," at the 1994 FWCC Triennial held at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
Country: Bolivia, Tanzania, UK, USA
WQF publication year: 1994
Publisher: FWCC

God's Presence in Trauma

Author: Pam Ferguson
Summary: Article from Quaker Life. Friends pastor from Indiana YM who works with prisoners describes when her home was invaded by an escaped prisoner and how she stayed spiritually centered.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: WQF, FWCC

Islam from a Quaker Perspective

Author: Anthony Manousos
Summary: Friend from Pacific YM describes how he reached out a hand of peace to Muslims in his community after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: Friends Bulletin, WQF

Journey to Sakartvelo

Author: Greta Mickey
Summary: Chronicle of a visit to the Republic of Georgia, or Sakartvelo, by two Friends who led Alternatives to Violence training there
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Learning to Go in Peace

Author: Colin Saxton
Summary: Keynote talk at sessions of Philadelphia YM in 2008, by pastor from Northwest YM, exploring the peace testimony and its Biblical basis and how we can live it in the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2009
Publisher: WQF

Let Us Then Try What Love Can Do...at the UN?

Author: Gordon M. Browne, Jr.
Summary: Description of the work of QUNO, mostly from a New York office perspective.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1996
Publisher: WQF

Light from the Darkness

Author: Jan Arriens
Summary: Dutch Friend in the UK writes about involvement in prison ministry in the UK and the USA, including befriending men who were later executed.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Friends Quarterly

Military Service and Conscientious Objection

Author: J.E. McNeil
Summary: Friend from Baltimore YM and the Center on Conscience and War in Washington describes what conscientious objection to war is and gives a historical perspective extending into the 21st century.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

Mysticism and Activism: Learning from John Woolman

Author: Michael Birkel
Summary: Michener Lecture to Southeastern YM.Earlham professor describes John Woolman's prophetic ministry in the 1700s.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Southeastern Yearly Meeting Publications

Nonviolent Resistance: The Third Way

Author: Walter Wink
Summary: Article originally in Yes! Magazine with title, "Can Love Save the World?" Thoughts on pacifism after Sept. 11, 2001, from a Christian perspective.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Yes! Magazine

Nourishing the Spiritual Life: Finding Companionship

Author: Paul Lacey
Summary: Friend from Ohio Valley YM offers insights into the meaning of community, including respecting difference while we look for commonalities between people.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Quaker Home Service, London

One Body with Many Parts

Author: Joyce (Dududzile) Mtshazo
Summary: Talk given at FWCC 50th Anniversary. A South African Friend describes Quakerism in her country and what it was like for Black South Africans living under apartheid.
Country: South Africa
WQF publication year: 1988
Publisher: WQF

Peacemaking: Public & Private

Author: Adam Curle
Summary: British Friend speaking at a university in Canada in 1978, about working for peace and justice in the world at large and in our own lives, families, and so on.
Country: UK
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: WQF

Practicing the Gospel of Hope in the Nuclear Age

Author: Daniel A. Seeger
Summary: A Friend from New York YM sees the film "Gandhi" and makes observations about efforts to transform the world using violent and nonviolent means; he includes examples from the Bible, Quaker history, and other sources.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: WQF

Proclaiming Peace: Lives That Speak

Author: Linda Joffee, Deming, Vinton
Summary: Joffee: British writer summarizes the life of a man imprisoned for violent IRA activities who later had a change of heart and became a Christian pacifist; Deming: interview with mixed-race Catholic man in South Africa who was working for peace and justice in the 1980s.
Country: UK, USA, South Africa
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: Christian Science Monitor, Friends Journal

Quakers Working Together for Peace and Reconciliation in the Africa Great Lakes Region

Author: Laura Chico, Nyiramana, Cecile; Parsons, Peggy Senger
Summary: Writings by three Quaker women on peace & reconciliations efforts in Burundi & Rwanda following the 1990s genocides.
Country: Burundi, Rwanda, USA
WQF publication year: 2005
Publisher: Various: AGLI Newsletter and unction.org

Remembering Agnes: A lesson in Nonviolence

Author: Margaret Hope Bacon
Summary: Quaker historian and author recounts a remarkable experience she had while working in a mental hospital with her husband, who was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: Friends Journal

Selections from Spirit Rising: Young Quaker Voices

Author: Laurie Picard, Andreas Brand
Summary: Young adult Quakers from a variety of theological backgrounds share ecological concerns
Country: USA, Korea, Sweden, Britain
WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: QuakerPress of FGC

Self-Giving Love

Author: Susumu Ishitani
Summary: Talk given at World Conference of Friends in The Netherlands in 1991. Japanese Friend gives example of how we can live in Christian-type "self-giving love."
Country: Japan
WQF publication year: 1992
Publisher: WQF

Shalom, Much More Than Peace

Author: Anthony Prete
Summary: Analysis of the Biblical concept of "shalom" and how it includes not just peace (absence of violence) but also other concepts such as justice and the equality of all people.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2008
Publisher: Friends Journal

Simple Riches: Reflections on the Work of the Quaker Parent

Author: Denis Nicholson Asselin, Asselin, Judy
Summary: Michener Lecture to Southeastern YM, 1995; A married couple from Philadelphia YM share about their family's life living the testimony of simplicity. The husband grew up Roman Catholic and used to be a monk.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2000
Publisher: WQF

The Cool Green Hills of Earth

Author: Elizabeth Watson
Summary: "Sermon preached at Mohawk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY." Friend from New England YM pleads for human beings to show respect for God and the planet and to live more ecologically centered lives.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1990
Publisher: WQF

The Quaker Discovery; Room for the Infinite

Author: Thomas R. Kelly
Summary: Chapter from Kelly's book "The Eternal Promise," about early Friends, particularly George Fox, and the vision they had about spiritual insights coming directly from God.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1977
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.

The Roots of Peace in Conflict

Author: Elise Boulding
Summary: Conflict provides opportuntity for learning. Friends might think of themselves as being in a lifelong training process for creative conflict management.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1995
Publisher: WQF

The Simplification of Life

Author: Thomas R. Kelly
Summary: Chapter from "A Testament of Devotion," about the busyness of modern life in North America and Europe, with suggestions for how to simplify our lives and be more centered spiritually.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 1985
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc.,

The Work of QUNO in New York

Author: Jack Patterson, Heninger, Lori
Summary: Story of QUNO New York work with the United Nations, with accompanying article about Quaker House at the U.N.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: Friends Publishing Corporation

The Workings of Jesus Christ in the Life of R.M.E.

Author: Rosemary M. Elliott
Summary: A British Friend who moved to South Africa and married there describes her spiritual journey to live according to Christ's teachings and oppose racism and apartheid.
Country: South Africa
WQF publication year: 1979
Publisher: WQF

Through My Enemy's Eyes

Author: Troy Chapman
Summary: Reprinted from Yes! Magazine, Winter 2001-02; a man serving 60-90 years for murder describes his process of healing and religious conversion and trying to stay spiritually centered in prison.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Yes! Magazine

To do Nothing

Author: Tina Coffin
Summary:
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WQF publication year: 2010
Publisher: WQF

Tranforming Hearts, Minds, and Souls: Two Quaker Perspectives

Author: John Edminster, Terri Johns
Summary: Two authors from Friends United Meeting write of their personal experiences on transformation, renewal, love and unity – themes close to the hearts of all members of the Religious Society of Friends
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2012
Publisher: Wider Quaker Fellowship

Trees and the Forest: Story and Trustori in Quaker Faith and Practice

Author: Rpb Pierson
Summary: Friends environmental testimony explored through an examination of spiritually transformative stories, and following the inspiriation of Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Tribute to a Peacemaker/WaitingintheLight.blogspot.com: Selected entries from Tom Fox's Blog

Author: Tom Fox, Fullerton, Florence (ed.)
Summary: Selections from the web log of Tom Fox, who was killed in Iraq while serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Introduced by Florence Fullerton.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2006
Publisher: WQF

What Can Love Do?

Author: Amanda Hoffman
Summary: Story of Hector and Susie Black's decision to speak against the death penalty for the murderer of their daughter.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2002
Publisher: Friends Journal

What Jesus Means to Me: Jesus the Liberator

Author: Roger C. Wilson
Summary: Backhouse Lecture to Australia YM in 1981. British Friend describes how the life and message of Jesus has influenced his work for peace and justice, mainly through work with the UN.
Country: Australia
WQF publication year: 1983
Publisher: The Religious Society of Friends in Australia Inc.

Workplace as Spiritual Classroom

Author: Katherine Coon
Summary: Lessons learned in the workplace.
Country: USA
WQF publication year: 2009
Publisher: What Canst Thou Say?

Wrestling with the Peace Testimony: In Spirit and in Truth

Author: Jane Orion Smith
Summary: Talk given at FWCC Peace Conference in NC, 2003; Canadian Friend offers insights on the so-called "War on Terror" from one of the neighbors of the USA.
Country: Canada
WQF publication year: 2003
Publisher: WQF

You Are Your Brother's Keeper---The Divine Imperative

Author: Simeon Shitemi
Summary: Keynote talk given at FUM Triennial sometime in the early 1980s. Pastor from Kenya urges us to live with integrity and peace, rather than becoming enmeshed in materialistic things.
Country: Kenya
WQF publication year: 1984
Publisher: Friends United Meeting

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